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Angelo. My Love
Starring Angelo Evans
Directed by Robert Duvall
Playing at the Ann Arbor Theater
By Steven Susser
Sometimes you get the bear
Sometimes the bear gets you.
-Gypsy epitaph
We are all searching for our "bear,"
whether it be money, fame, or grades;
the difference, however, between us
and the Gypsies is that our hunt is hin-
dered by the fear of danger and failure
and theirs isn't
The characters in Angelo My Love are

New York Gypsies who more or less
portray themselves. Angelo Evans
plays Angelo Evans. The setting is a
poor section of New York City and the
time is the present.
The movie is marvelous - an enter-
taining and enlightening journey
through the Gypsy culture of the city.
Entertaining because the actors are
having fun, and enlightening because
they are teaching us about a different
way of life.
Angelo, a young Gypsy boy, sees a
man steal the ring that was willed to
him by his grandfather. Patelay, the
alleged thief, is a member of the
Russian Gypsy sect, who are somewhat
hostile to Angelo's group. When a Gyp-
sy court fails to invoke justice, Angelo
and his older brother Michael decide to
find the ring themselves. What follows
is an insane and lovely chase from New
York to Canada and back again, inter-
spersed with amusing and touching
scenes of city life from Angelo's and
Patelay's perspective. This is the plot
of Angelo My Love. This is not,
however, what the film is about.
The film is about personality-the
idiosyncrasies, foibles, contradictions,
gaffes, joys and loves of the human

spirit, in particular the Gypsy spirit.
The Gypsies are a loud, volatile and
emotional group. They have their own
customs, superstitutions and values,
and they hold onto them tenaciously.
Marriages are arranged and ghosts are
chased away with fire. Their survival
depends on their loyalty and
cohesivesness, for they are an
anachronism in Manhattan. Angelo's
mother turns to him and asks, "Do you
want to be a Gypsy or an American?"
Angelo replies, "Both." His mother
lashes back furiously, "One or the
other, you can't be both."
And then there is Angelo. This
cherubic tyke has a face that anybody's
mother would love and the charisma of
a James Dean or a Marlon Brando. All
this in a body that could fit in a bread
box. His social savoir faire is aw-
inspiring - when he speaks to girls, I
find myself taking notes. He is as
comfortable debating a group of mid-
dle-aged Gypsies as asking his pre-
pubescent coquette girlfriend to an
Italian restaurant. When he walks onto
the dance floor, he clears the people
faster than Tony Manero did in Satur-
day Night Fever. Angelo doesn't work
or go to school, but he's industrious and
resourceful; he cannot read, but he is
smart - to a Gypsy, it is more impor-
tant to talk well.
Robert Duvall, until now -best-known
as an actor, has done- a wonderful job

writing and directing his first film.
Angelo, My Love feels very real.
Sometimes it seems. as much a
documentary as a feature film - it is
hard, at times to remember that it's
only a story. I feel that I could enter a
run-down bar off of Broadway and meet
the cast talking a strange mixture of
Gypsy and English and liberally im-
bibing cheap whiskey.,
The characters are never clear-cut.
Angelo seems brash and tough, but is
capable of bursting into tears. Patelay
appears to be a no-good loser, but at
times, can turn-on beguiling charm.
One moment he and his wife are
bickering ferociously over a flat tire
and the next they are happily engaged
.in a frantic chase after an un-
cooperative chicken dinner. We are not
allowed to label or categorize the
people, for our expectations are always
foiled. Real people and real situations
are complex and unpredictable, why
should those in a film about real people
be any different.?
Angelo My Love has a fun ex-
citing plot, great actors, and a wonder-
ful child star. It does not provide sym-
bolism or metaphor, but it is
educational, for the audience experien-
ces the Gypsy life in a straightforward
and warm manner. The Gypsies live
life with verve and vitality, and their
spirit is contagious. Excuse me, I have
a bear to catch.

Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat
Professional Theater Program
Power Center
8 p.m., Thursday, November 3-
Saturday, November 5
By Barb Schiele
everything from rock to ragtime
doesn't sound like a typical way to in-
terpret and perform one of the oldest
stories written, does it? Yes, Sunday
school can be fun, when it's in the form
of a rock opera. One of Broadway's
most successful writing teams, Andrew
Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, created it
and over thirty performers bring it to
life, on stage. Joseph and The Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat, a modern hit
performance which finished its seven-
year run on Broadway this past Sep-
tember, will dance and sing its way into
Ann Arbor in two weeks. Joseph opens
the season for the Professional Theatre

Program's "Best of Broadway" series.
The show follows the same storyline
as the Biblical tale, with just a few
alterations in the presentation. Being
Jacob's favorite son, Joseph receives a
groovy new, multicolored jacket from
his loving dad. Joseph is the object of
his eleven brothers' jealousies and as a
result they sell him into slavery. The
slave drivers, resembling nothing of the
kind, but rather Groucho Marx look-
alikes, take one unhappy Joseph off to
For 20 long years, Joseph suffers in
prison, until news of his novel skill of in-
terpreting dreams reaches the
Pharoah. Once Joseph helps the
Pharoah understand a few of the
dreams that he had been stewing over
for quite some time, the Pharoah lets
loose, in a tune sung Elvis-style, the big
news - Joseph is the Pharoah's new
advisor. From there, the excitement
continues with more songs and laughs,
and ends in a blissful reuniting of the
whole family.
Joseph, which was first performed in
a boys' school choir in Britain in 1968,
was written well before lyricist Rice
and compser Webber's other smash
hits, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.
The show toured throughout the United
Kingdom and finally reached the
United States in 1970. It has been on
Broadway since 1976, starring different
Josphs, the last being teen idol of the
70s, David Cassidy.
The travelling company includes

'Joseph': Liviing color
some of the same performers from
Broadway and stars 25-year-old Don
Goodspeed. The young actor, who at 17
started his acting career with an ap-
prenticeship at the Stratford Festival in
Canada, keeps the audience
mesmerized with his blond curls,
twinkling blue eyes, and energetic per-
While Cats' sensual dancing could of-
fend some audiences, and Dream Girls'
street scenes could turn off others,
Gretchen Nordleaf, publicity coor-
dinator, says that Joseph is purely en-
joyable. Nordleaf states, "There's

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